The one thing about any New Years Eve party that you can’t change is the part where everyone stays up until midnight. What I want to know is when did midnight become so late? It use to be I could stay up until midnight or latter with no problem. But now New Years rolls around and I’m the gal yawning by 10:15. Pitiful really. Now at 7:00 when I’m all dressed up and leaving the house, I’m ready. I’ve got the hostess gift, the noise makers and a little confetti just in case they run short. But by 9:00 I’m starting to drag and after 10:00 the yawns start. That’s when it gets bad because I start to think about “resting my eyes”. The truth is all the earlier feelings of excitement are slowly being forgotten. By 11:15, I’m just hoping someone will wake me up to see the ball drop.
I’m not the only one that has trouble staying up until midnight. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a story about 10 virgins that had serious sleeping issues but instead of being invited to a New Years party, they were invited to a wedding feast. They all brought their lamps to go out and meet the Bridegroom but only 5 of them brought oil. All 10 girls fell asleep because they did not know when the groom would come. Then at midnight, someone yelled “Here’s the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him.” Five of the ladies were ready with their oil and entered the wedding feast. Five were not ready and were left behind. The message of the story? It pays to be ready even if you’re a sleepyhead.
Jesus was speaking in this parable of His return to Earth. On that day, everyone who knows that Jesus is their Savior will go to heaven for the biggest wedding feast of all times! This is a party you do not want anyone to miss. How would they miss it? Like the virgins with no oil, they would not be ready.
You may be ready. You may know you already have a seat at the wedding feast. But what about the mom down the street or the guy in the cubical down the hall? Are they ready? Do they really have a place at the wedding feast or are they planning on getting in on their parents invitation? Do they think everyone gets a seat or do they doubt that there will ever be a wedding feast at all?
Now it would be nice if we knew when Jesus would return the way we know that the New Year always comes at midnight. But if you’re ready, when He comes doesn’t really matter. But my question is: who will be sitting at the banquet table with you? Because whether you’re sleeping or not, the day will come when someone will yell “Here’s the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him.” Who from your street, your work, or your church will be missing? Make sure everyone you know KNOWS this is an invitation they don’t want to miss out on. Just tell them they’ve never partied ‘till they’ve partied with Jesus.